St Andrews day honours

Monday 27 November 2006

An expert on historic buildings, a former chairman of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council (SHEFC) and a Scottish composer will receive honorary degrees from the University of St Andrews on St Andrews Day, Thursday November 30th 2006.

Professor David Morrison Walker OBE, Hon LLD, FSA, FRSE will be made an honorary Doctor of Letters by the University where he was an Honorary Professor of Art History from 1994 to 2001.

Born in Dundee, Professor Walker was educated at Morgan Academy, Dundee and Dundee College of Art (now Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art).

Professor Walker taught in Dundee and Glasgow moving to join the Scottish Office Historic Buildings Inspectorate where between 1975 and 1993 he had responsibility for all the nation’s historic buildings, latterly as Chief Inspector of Historic Buildings.

He has been an adviser to the Heritage Lottery Fund Buildings and Land Panel and currently leads a research project developing a Dictionary of Scottish Architects.

Edinburgh-based businessman Dr Christopher Masters, CBE, AKC, FRSE, the chairman of SHEFC from 1998 to 2006, will also be made an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Dr Masters, 59, was chief executive of Christian Salvesen plc from 1989-1997 and executive chairman of Aggreko plc from 1997- 2002.

Glasgow-based composer Craig Armstrong, 47, will receive an honorary doctorate in Music – Hon MusD.

Craig Armstrong studied composition and piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has established an international career crossing many genres.

He is widely known for film scores, including soundtracks for Love Actually and World Trade Centre, and classical works.

Most recently he collaborated on One Minute a work for the opening of the new Perth Concert Hall.

Issued by the University of St Andrews Contact : Niall Scott, tel 01334 462244, mobile 07711 223062

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